Science Wire

Brainwaves Can Predict Audience Reaction

July 30, 2014 | City College

Media and marketing experts have long sought a reliable method of forecasting responses from the general population to future products and messages. According to a study conducted at The City College of New York, it appears that the brain responses of just a few individuals are a remarkably strong predictor.

Scientists and Students Will Work around the Clock to Discover Animals, Plants, and Other Species during Macaulay Honors College BioBlitz at The New York Botanical Garden

July 30, 2014 | Macaulay Honors College

Students from Macaulay Honors College at the City University of New York will team up with noted scientists to discover and catalog a richly varied array of animals, plants, fungi, and even microbes. The BioBlitz team descends on The New York Botanical Garden for 24 hours on September 6 and 7, 2014.

The Graduate Center Wins Grant to Establish New Data Visualization Center

July 30, 2014 | CUNY Graduate Center

As coleader of CUNY’s Big Data Consortium, which has won a $15 million grant from the State of New York in the CUNY 2020 competition, the Graduate Center will establish the CUNY Center for Digital Scholarship and Data Visualization.

Secrets of the Octopus

July 27, 2014 | The University

Have you ever wondered why the mighty eight-armed octopus never gets tangled up in knots? In a surprising discovery that revealed some of the secrets of the octopus, Brooklyn College psychology professor Frank W. Grasso and researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem found that a chemical repellent in octopus skin prevents the arms from grabbing each other.

The tiny nautilus may help illuminate the history of brain development

July 27, 2014 | The University

Unlike most other soft-bodied cephalopods — cuttlefish, squid and octopus — the nautilus has no camouflage, no ink and relatively poor vision

For-profit home care agencies cost Medicare billions extra, yet provide worse care: Health Affairs study

July 27, 2014 | The University

For-profit home health agencies are far costlier for Medicare than nonprofit agencies, according to a nationwide study published today [Monday, Aug. 4] in the August issue of the journal Health Affairs. Overall cost per patient was $1,215 higher at for-profits, with operating costs accounting for $752 of the difference and excess profits for $463. Yet the quality of care was actually worse at for-profit agencies, and more of their patients required repeat hospitalizations.

Summer of science: City schools team with local colleges for STEM programs

July 27, 2014 | The University

For these city kids, it’s the summer of STEM.

As interest in science, technology, engineering and math — known as STEM — heats up in classrooms across the Big Apple and nationwide, local colleges are giving younger students a shot at a high-tech higher education.

Public schools from across the city are teaming with colleges such as Columbia University, New York University, Lehman College and City College of New York to offer dozens of kids free summer school classes on futuristic topics.

New York City Department of Education Director of STEM Linda Curtis-Bey said the city’s partnerships with universities give kids access to cutting-edge classes.

Selectivity and Graduation Rates

July 27, 2014 | The University

Educators continue to debate “undermatching” — the idea that many talented low-income students do not even apply to, let alone enroll at, the most competitive institutions to which they could gain admission.

Food and thought: Baruch College professor brings organic produce to Corona

July 27, 2014 | The University

This teacher is dishing out more than just food for thought.

Baruch College assistant professor Regina Bernard has teamed with her students to launch a program that brings organic fruits and vegetables to Corona, where they say healthy meals are hardly on the menu.

“It’s not hard to tell there’s a real food gap in this part of Queens,” said Bernard, 37, who teaches black and Latino studies.

SEEMA PROGRAM AT YORK

July 14, 2014 | York College

York College’s Science Engineering Mathematics Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) was recently featured on NY1 News. SEMAA is a free and exciting STEM program for school children from first grade through sixth grade in the summer. The week-long class is still registering students for the week of July 21 through 25. The fall 2014 program will then […]

York College’s Science Engineering Mathematics Aerospace Academy featured on NY1 News

July 14, 2014 | York College

York College’s Science Engineering Mathematics Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) was recently featured on NY1 News. SEMAA is a free and exciting STEM program for school children from first grade through sixth grade in the summer. The week-long class is still registering students for the week of July 21 through 25.

Professor Verónica Michel Receives Best Journal Article Award from the American Political Science Association

July 8, 2014 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Professor Verónica Michel in the Department of Political Science received the Best Journal Article Award 2014 by the Law and Courts section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for her article “Human Rights Prosecutions and the Participation Rights of Victims in Latin America,” co-authored with Kathryn Sikkink and published in the Law and Society […]

New CCNY STEM Program Preps NYC HS Students

July 3, 2014 | City College

Twenty-six high school students from the five boroughs are spending summer at The City College of New York gaining research experience in STEM fields.

7-million-year-old fossil monkey unearthed in Abu Dhabi

July 1, 2014 | Uncategorized

An international team of scientists from Hunter College-City University of New York (CUNY), the Museum für Naturkunde- Berlin, Yale University, and Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi) have announced the discovery of an important 6.5 to 8 million year old fossil monkey specimen from Shuwaihat Island in Abu Dhabi’s Western Region (Al Gharbia).

City Tech’s Hospitality Management Industry Awards Presented to Chef Daniel Boulud and Alumna Elizabeth Rodriguez

June 30, 2014 | New York City College of Technology

City Tech’s Department of Hospitality Management honored Chef Daniel Boulud and department alum Elizabeth Rodriguez with Industry Awards at the annual BTech celebration in May. Additional awards were given to outstanding students in the department, including Belinda Leung who earned the Janet Lefler Academic Achievement Award for the student who has maintained the highest grade […]

City Tech Professor Nora Favelukes Honored for 20 Years of Teaching the History and Beauty of Iberian Peninsula and South American Wines

June 26, 2014 | New York City College of Technology

Nora Favelukes, wine expert and partner to City Tech’s Hospitality Management Department, has lectured for 20 years on Iberian Peninsula and South American wines in the department’s Wines & Beverage Management class. In addition, Favelukes generously donates wines from Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, Brazil, Portugal and Spain used in tastings in the Wine and Beverage Management […]

Two City Tech Students Win Rock Stars of Research Awards for Independent Research

June 25, 2014 | New York City College of Technology

City Tech students Md Arefin and Brittiny Dhital won the Rock Stars of Research Award, which comes with a $100 prize. The award recognizes the independent work of student researchers and the promise their research holds for innovative products or results that contribute to a particular field of knowledge. Dhital and Arefin were chosen from […]

Saul Kripke Enters Agreement to Keep Archive of Philosophical Work at the Graduate Center

June 24, 2014 | CUNY Graduate Center

The Graduate Center has begun a fifteen-year agreement with noted logician and philosopher Saul Kripke to curate and preserve the Kripke Archive.

City Tech Professor Andy Zhang Develops Portable Device to Monitor Air Quality

June 23, 2014 | New York City College of Technology

Andy Zhang, an associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering Technology, and his students at City Tech designed a portable device called AirCasting that monitors air quality and transmits the data to a smartphone app. Zhang said there is interest in the air monitors from institutions in California, Colorado, and as far away as […]

Professor Lissette Delgado-Cruzata Develops Minority Initiative for Female Science Students (MIXXS²) with CUNY Grant

June 17, 2014 | John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Assistant Professor Lissette Delgado-Cruzata in the Science Department has received a grant from the CUNY Diversity Fund for a program she developed called Minority Initiative for Female Science Students (MIXXS2). Delgado-Cruzata created MIXXS2 because of her own experiences and observations of the science field in the United States. In graduate school, she noticed there were […]